Yoga Basics - 4 Week Course for Absolute Beginners
Learn some of the fundamentals of any yoga practice - how to develop awareness of body and breath, stretch and strengthen the body, experience the 3 stages of the breath and learn the art of relaxation.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
A physically demanding form of yoga, following a series of set postures in a sequence. The room is not heated but the practices will naturally build heat within the body.
Body Positive Yoga
So often we focus on the ways in which we are not enough. So often we focus on our bodies as a presentation of our self worth. So often we mistake our bodies as the ultimate representation of who we are.
This yoga class provides a space in which to disentangle from these concepts and to simply experience our bodies as they are right now, in form and function, worthy of love.
This class is for women only.
Detox Flow & Yin Yoga
Yin/Yang fusion. Expect a buoyant Vinyasa Flow with music; elevating energy, generating heat, getting sweaty – ideal methods to unburden and re-energize our systems. As the Yang practice segues into a Yin practice, we enter the space of longer held seated postures and more contemplative inner arts. Yin poses penetrate deep into connective tissue expanding flexibility and aiding healing while freeing energetic blockages and increasing energy flow. The perfect duo to start the week. Open to everyone who likes to move including enthusiastic (and fit) beginners.
Our fitness classes are low impact stress-relieving workouts, combining targeted bodyweight based exercises, elastic band resistance, pelvic floor strengthening, various core and balance workouts and endurance techniques, to build strength and increase stamina and to help you to reconnect to yourself and to appreciate your body. In these Core Xperience classes, you will be supported to reshape your body and mind, learning to love your image and gaining self-confidence like never before. The simple movements are completed using just your body weight and concentrate on the upper, middle and lower body, working at various levels of difficulty so that classes are inclusive of different fitness levels.
As well as working with the muscles in a similar fashion as in the classical Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, Forrest yoga (created by Ana Forrest) focuses on strengthening the abdominals, back, and shoulders whilst at the same time releasing built-up tension, particularly in the neck and the jaw. Practitioners are encouraged to use strong Ujjayi breath throughout the practice with the emphasis on the exhalation to release tension, especially in the jaw line. Postures are also held for a bit longer compared to a usual flow style. Please note this is a strong asana class, suitable for people wishing to challenge themselves physically.
Gentle Yoga (Mobility-Friendly)
This is where we really take our time, gently inviting movement into the body
without expectation or the pressure to arrive. Most movements are taught lying
down or sitting on the floor or a chair. You will be encouraged to listen to your
body, moving within your capacity with options to challenge yourself more if
wanted or to allow rest or minimal movement when this is more beneficial.
Recognising that we can only start from where we are on any given day.
Suitable for anyone wanting gentle movement, seniors or people recovering from
illness or injury. Classes are smaller for individual attention.
Hatha yoga is often used as an umbrella term to encompass the physical practices of yoga. These days it is generally considered to be a blend of physical postures (asana), breathwork, (pranayama), deep relaxation and/ or meditation. Classes tend to be at slower pace and postures held for a longer period of time than in more 'flowing' styles.
Whether you're new to yoga, or looking to improve your technique, Iyengar
Yoga is a great way to boost your well-being, increase flexibility, build
strength and relieve stress.
Iyengar Yoga places particular focus on body awareness to help you develop
healthy alignment in the poses. You will also learn about appropriate
sequencing and how to use props for support and to encourage deeper release
or increased extension.
Our general Iyengar Yoga classes are suitable for those with some Iyengar yoga experience as well as those with experience of other yoga styles wanting to explore the Iyengar approach. Beginners are also welcome.
Our intermediate Iyengar Yoga class will focus on refining the practices by deepening the understanding of the relation between the groups of asanas and their sequencing and revising the techniques in more detail. Students should have practised Iyengar yoga recently for at least 12 months before considering joining this class. For those new to Iyengar yoga or returning after a break we recommend the General class on Monday mornings or Tuesdays at 7.45pm.
Jivamukti classes integrate the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of yoga. Classes include dynamic vinyasa based asana practice, hands-on adjustments, breath awareness, meditation and deep relaxation. Theme of a class is supported by Sanskrit chanting, eclectic music, readings, spoken word and references to yoga philosophy texts
Jivamukti Yoga: Magic 10 and Beyond
The Magic Ten & Beyond Yoga Class is the latest exciting offering from Jivamukti Yoga. Designed by founder Sharon Gannon, based on her personal spiritual practice, this class goes beyond asana and includes breath work - various forms of pranayama, meditation and positive affirmations for all-round well-being.
A Kundalini yoga class features the familiar elements of asana, meditation, and chanting, but it combines these in unique way. Each class consists of a different kriya, or set of poses that are designed for a specific purpose, such as opening the heart, fighting off illness, or nurturing creativity. Each class includes mantras and meditations that support the purpose of the kriya. It can work very well in conjunction with a traditional asana practice.
Pilates is a method of body conditioning which strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance and unites body and mind.
Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and wrestling. Pilates immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called 'Contrology' – for several decades.
Restorative Yoga uses seated and lying postures and props to create a grounded, soothing practice, with a focus on calming and centering the body and mind.
Beverley Nolan's special blend of intelligent movement enquiry and restorative yoga makes for a unique chill-out session.
Expect to relax deeply and to come away from each session feeling replenished.
Restorative Yin focuses on balancing the passive, lunar, deep and still asana by holding postures for a longer period of time whilst being supported by props. This is a softer variation of Yin and aims to increase the health and integrity of the myofascial body and joint complexes. Yin practices are a direct antidote to the stresses and challenges of modern life. ‘To be in the state of Yin is to acquaint with your true self’.
Restorative Flow blends yoga, somatic and mindful movements together with restorative yoga postures to create a class that is deeply balancing. Movement sequences are gentle and fluid, intelligently designed to bring awareness to the body, and restorative postures are done fully propped either seated or lying down and are created to be complementary to the overall approach of each class.
This class is created to be accessible to all. Expect a class that is mindful, centring and restorative.
Satyam Yoga draws on traditional yoga practices, introducing asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, yoga nidra and meditation into the sessions. Practices are introduced safely and systematically, enabling students to work at a pace which is right for them. The physical practice includes both yin and yang elements, and each session may incorporate slow and deep floor-based stretching, more dynamic sequences, classic yoga asana or more somatic led explorations. As sessions progress, yogic philosophy, physiology and chanting may also form part of the practice.
The emphasis in this class is on simple, accessible movements which increase
stability and mobility in the body from the feet up. Freeing the peripheral body
of restrictions in this way naturally and safely feeds the energy back into the
central body, while preparing a sound foundation for deeper practices without
the need for muscular and mental imposition. Most of the classes are taught
standing, with an emphasis on leg work, joint mobility and coordination of limb
movement with the breath. Expect to feel energised, grounded, stronger and
more at home in your body.
This class is suitable for beginners or as a complementary practise to other yoga
styles. Classes are smaller for individual attention.
A dynamic, 'flowing' style of yoga blending the transition between postures into one seamless sequence. Vinyasa is for building strength, focus and endurance. Classes may include music and though the pace of each class may vary according to the style of each teacher majority of vinyasa classes tend to be faster paced.
Well Woman Yoga
Well Woman classes focus on nourishing and enriching practices for women at all stages of life. By developing a respectful awareness of the shifting cycles within women, greater health and freedom can be gained. This class is for women only.
Yin Yoga involves mindfully working with seated and lying postures, which are held for longer periods of time. The focus in on the connective tissues in the body, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
"The study of asana is not about mastering posture.
It's about using posture to understand and transform yourself"